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  • Haynesfield most recently won the Empire Classic at Belmont on October 24.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8575021%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haynesfield Returns to Graded Action

    Trainer Steve Asmussen now believes Haynesfield is ready for another try against graded company, and has entered him in the $100,000-added Discovery Handicap (gr. III) for 3-year-olds going nine furlongs at Aqueduct. A field of six was drawn for the program feature.

  • Jockey Ramon Dominguez

    Contessa, Dominguez Capture Belmont Titles

    Jockey Ramon Dominguez and trainer Gary Contessa continued to dominate the competition in New York. Dominguez ran away with the jockey title for the 64-day spring/summer meet at Belmont Park and Contessa edged Christophe Clement for the training title.

  • Commentator won the Whitney for the 2nd time in 2008.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5274581%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Commentator Named NY Horse of the Year

    For the sixth time in the last seven seasons, the New York Thoroughbred Breeders champions for 2008 included two or more grade I winners for the year.

  • NYTHA Re-Elects Violette as President

    The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) announced the results of its election of owner and trainer directors to its Board Dec. 5. Richard A. Violette, Jr., president, ran unopposed and was re-elected president of NYTHA.

  • Miss Macy Sue will try to capture the 2008 Honorable Miss after finishing 4th as the favorite in last year's running.

    Miss Macy Sue Back in Honorable Miss

    Last year, Miss Macy Sue entered the $150,000 Honorable Miss (gr. II) off a 2 1/2-length victory in the Saylorville on her home track at Prairie Meadows. She proceeded to finish a well-beaten fourth after being sent off as the favorite.

  • Vagrancy winner, Looky Yonder, takes on 7 in the First Flight Handicap.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4641730%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    First Flight: 'Yonder Has Tough Task

    Looky Yonder took down Dream Rush in the May 25 Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II), but the 4-year-old daughter of Johannesburg will have to deal with a whole new set of tough customers in the $150,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II) July 4 at Belmont, including Rite Moment, who has been nearly flawless this season.

  • Bold Ruler winner, Lucky Island, goes into the Tom Fool having won 3 straight.

    Strong Field To Do Battle in Tom Fool

    Shadwell Stable's Lucky Island, an Argentine-bred colt that has won three straight, including the May 10 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III), will face the stiffest competition of his short career July 4 in the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.

  • Starforaday takes the Maryland Sprint to start the stakes fun on Preakness Day at Pimlico.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4539742%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Contessa Resumes Pimlico Roll in Sprint

    Trainer Gary Contessa, fresh off a win in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) on Friday, started the stakes program at Pimlico Saturday with a victory in the Maryland Sprint Handicap (gr. III). But, under very different circumstances.

  • Sweet Vendetta takes the Black-Eyed Susan under Channing Hill.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4532857%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sweet Vendetta Slops Up Black-Eyed Susan

    Just as she did in her previous start, Sweet Vendetta took advantage of the off-track conditions, roaring through the muddy stretch at Pimlico Race Course to record a 1 1/2-length victory in the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) May 16.

  • Rite Moment holds off Lady Marlboro to win the Bed o' Roses.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4229575%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bed o' Roses Winner Has Perfect Timing

    The timing was perfect once again for Rite Moment, who won Aqueduct's $158,100 Bed o' Roses Handicap (gr.II) for her third consecutive stakes victory April 19.

  • Elusive Lady in the 2007 Tempted (gr. III) at Aqueduct. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3852746%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Elusive Lady Should Own Comely

    If Gold Mark Farm's Elusive Lady can continue the forward progress she demonstrated with a runner-up effort in the March 15 Florida Oaks (gr. III), the $150,000 Comely Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct should be all hers April 12.

  • Kiaran McLaughlin trains three of the five likely starters in the Next Move Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 29.

    Next Move 'Cap: McLaughlin Enters Three

    Kiaran McLaughlin will certainly have the odds in his favor March 29, as the veteran trainer will saddle three of the five entrants in the $100,000 Next Move Handicap (gr. III), a 1 1/8-mile dirt test for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.

  • Rite Moment wraps up victory in the Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap under Rajiv Maragh.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3939322%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rite Moment Gets Break in Distaff 'Cap

    Rite Moment benefited from a clean start in Aqueduct's $150,000 Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) March 22, wrapping up her fourth win from five starts over the inner track.

  • Jockey Ramon Dominguez sets a single-season record for wins on Aqueduct's inner track riding Oedipus O'Neal to victory in the fourth race on March 15.

    Dominguez Sets Record at Aqueduct

    Jockey Ramon Dominguez set a single-season record for wins on Aqueduct's inner track when he rode Winning Move Stable's Oedipus O'Neal to victory for trainer Gary Contessa in the fourth race on Aqueduct's March 15 card.

  • Dill or No Dill is one of three runners in the Cicada (gr. III) trained by Gary Contessa.

    Contessa Sends Out Half of Cicada Field

    Contessa's entries are True Intentions and Ready for Fortune, who will be coupled for owner Dennis Narlinger, and Dill Or No Dill, who won a six-furlong event at Aqueduct in her sophomore debut.

  • NYRA Reports Final Numbers for 2007

    A release from the New York Racing Association highlighted strong growth in key areas with the on-track handle increasing, but all-sources wagers and average starters per race reflected a slight dip when the organization reported its final 2007 figures Jan. 18.

  • Dill Or No Dill dominates Aqueduct's Ruthless Stakes.

    Dill Or No Dill Dominates Ruthless

    Dill Or No Dill left no doubts as to who was best in the $81,475 Ruthless Stakes by winning the six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies by 5 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct Jan. 6.

  • Joe Bravo

    Jockey Bravo Breaks Collarbone; Out 3-4 Weeks

    Jockey Joe Bravo was hospitalized with a broken left collarbone following a spill at Belmont Park, when his mount broke down in the upper stretch during the third race on the New York track's opening day card.

  • Foster Handicap winner Flashy Bull among impressive Whitney field.

    With Invasor Out, the Whitney's Anyone's Race

    It's time to step up. The June retirement of Invasor, the defending Horse of the Year and 2006 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner, has left a giant void at the top of the handicap division.

  • Contessa Eyes Sunday's Spectacular Bid, Cupecoy's Joy

    New York-breds thunder into the spotlight Sunday at Belmont Park with another renewal of the New York Stallion Stakes' Spectacular Bid and Cupecoy's Joy Divisions, and trainer Gary Contessa will take a shot at winning both races.

  • Woodlander, with Alan Garcia up, captures the Fort Marcy Stakes, Sunday at Aqueduct.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D1091878%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Woodlander Keeps Owners On Top in Fort Marcy

    Woodlander put the final touch on a successful Aqueduct season for leading owner Winning Move Stable Sunday when the 5-year-old edged Golden Commander by a neck in capturing the $114,100 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the grass at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Magnolia Jackson (3) wins the Bed O' Roses Stakes, Saturday at Aqueduct.

    Magnolia Jackson Delivers in Bed o' Roses

    The champion filly Smuggler made no impact in her first start in nine months when Magnolia Jackson dug in to defeat Grecian Lover by a neck in the $155,400 Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Aqueduct Saturday.

  • Red-Hot No Sleep Faces Four in Next Move

    No Sleep, a winner of three straight races on the Aqueduct inner dirt course this winter, is part of a small field of five entered for Sunday's Next Move Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.

  • Contessa's Sleeping Returns in Valley Stream

    Trainer Gary Contessa sends out Sleeping in Sunday's $100,000-added Valley Stream at Aqueduct expecting his 2-year-old filly to bounce back from her last-place finish in Belmont Park's Astarita (gr. III) last month.

  • NYBSC Yearling Sale Ventures into New Territory

    The New York Breeders' Sales Co.'s inaugural premier yearling sale ventures into new territory as it begins its two-day run Thursday night in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Hoping to catch yearling buyers that are in town, the NYBSC sale is sandwiched between Fasig-Tipton's select yearling sale that ends Wednesday evening and their New York-bred preferred sale that goes for two evenings beginning Sunday.

  • NYRA Makes Security Barn Adjustments

    The New York Racing Association is "100 percent committed" to race day security barns, but has taken immediate action to address concerns expressed by horsemen at Saratoga Race Course, NYRA president Charles E. Hayward said July 29.

  • Milkshake Testing Gets Underway in New York

    Testing for the practice known as milkshaking begins in New York today (Feb. 16). The testing, which has come together quickly, has been lauded throughout the backside, but at least one trainer thinks the New York Racing Association should not have made the information public.

  • Grey Comet, winning the Count Fleet Stakes.

    Top New York-Bred Grey Comet Euthanized

    Grey Comet, a multiple stakes-winning homebred of Star Track Farms who was to attempt a sweep of the New York Stallion Series Sunday, was euthanized Wednesday afternoon in New Jersey.